The Blue Cloud Lives! It's a Portsmouth, Ohio thing

Someone named Berthos just revived a thread from 2006 called "You might be from Porchmuth, if..." Porchmuth (how the natives say it) is really Portsmouth, Ohio, my home town.Reading through the comments, I remembered at the time trying to find a pic of the memorable-yet-tacky Blue Cloud. Couldn't find one at the time. Well, I struck Blue Cloud gold tonight.The Blue Cloud lives!Here is the caption from the blogger, David Reynolds, who posted this gem.The infamous Blue Cloud … [Read more...]

Friday open forum: Auto bailout, Blagojevich, Minnesota Senate race, etc.

UPDATE: Blagojevich schedules a news conference for today at 2pm (CST). Gives me time to get some popcorn.Just saw George Bush announce the 17.4 billion dollar loan program for the auto makers. They have three months to get their sorry act together or he says bankruptcy is coming. Problem is he won't be there...Coleman is only +2 on Franken. Gives me the creeps just typing it.And Blago slows his demise.Blago's news conference. … [Read more...]

Emanuel: Hey can you hold my place while I go to the White House?

It is always nice when you are in line somewhere and you have to leave the line to do something else and the person behind you says, 'go ahead, I'll hold your spot.'Chicago Alderman Pat O'Connor is that kind of guy.From today's Sun-Times:Emanuel was on track to become U.S. House speaker someday before accepting Obama's offer. He has told Democratic ward bosses that he would like to reclaim the seat after a few years as chief of staff.He was believed to be leaning toward O'Connor, … [Read more...]

Gays groups benefit from failed mortgage company donations

Picking an unpopular target, PFOX this morning points out that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae donated thousands of dollars over the last several years to PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), HRC (Human Rights Campaign) and GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).The news release published on Market Watch, alleges that Freddie and Fannie donated to fundraising events for the organizations. The release quotes a spokesperson for Freddie Mac:Shawn Flaherty, a … [Read more...]

Gay leaders angry over inaugural invocation by Rick Warren

Huffington Post and have stories about this.Here is HuffPo's Sam Stein's take on it:Ever since Barack Obama was elected president, the media has been pining to write a story about liberal dissatisfaction with his transition efforts. By and large, the meme has been blown out of proportion, as the press overestimated how divisive Obama's cabinet choices were for progressives.The press may now have its conflict moment. And it comes in the form of the spiritual leader chosen … [Read more...]

International Healing Foundation releases infomercial; ready to heal the world

Richard Cohen's International Healing Foundation has released an infomercial describing their services and claims. Roll the tape...In the video, he features his three part program designed to help people go straight, help their kids go straight, and help their clients go straight. He thinks pretty highly of these resources as is apparent in his Fall, 2008 newsletter:WE HAVE THE ANSWERSI am proud to announce that I have completed 21 years in public service and … [Read more...]

Shoprite refuses to inscribe cake for child named after Adolf Hitler

This is a disturbing story on several levels.A Pennsylvania couple have named their children after Nazi figures, including naming their three year old son after Adolf Hitler. The parents wanted Shoprite to inscribe a cake with his full name for his birthday party. The store refused. Now the parents are outraged. The Warren County (NJ) Express-Times went in depth. Here are some excerpts:HOLLAND TWP. | In a living room decorated with war books, German combat knives and swastikas, a … [Read more...]

MSNBC asking questions about Obama and Blagojevich

UPDATE: Illinois high court will not remove Blagojevich.Surprising to me to see MSNBC report the possibility of 21 calls between Rahm Emanuel and Team Blago. Even MSNBC reporters think Obama could be more transparent and still honor the Federal prosecutor's request to hold information.Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the EconomyObama news conference at 11:45am.UPDATE: First question from CBS News is about Blagogate. Paraphrased: You ran on … [Read more...]